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A memorial will be held later today in La Crosse that looks back on the homeless people that have died over the past year. It's a national event held by the Salvation Army and as Kathy Bolling explains, the ceremony has grown since 2008 as has the number of the homeless population.
It starts at 4pm at the Salvation Army 223 N. 8th St. in La Crosse. A free meal follows the program.
A proposal floating around the Wisconsin Assembly would place a ban on all cell phone usuage in vehicles statwide. In comes on the heals of the National Transportation Board urging the same thing. Democratic State Assemblyman, Steve Doyle, does have much faith in the bill.
A year ago, Kenosha Democrat Peter Barca sponsored the Assembly version of the current state law that bans texting while driving. That was a bi-partisan effort at the time. Barca is also behind the cell phone ban bill as well.
A petition drive has started to keep developers away from a big swath of parkland in La Crosse. Tim Kneipp, a local biking enthusiast, has started the online petition drive to urge city council members to designate the blufftop experimental farm as park land anid resist the temptation allow development on some of the land. The petition drive just started yesterday at SignOn.org. And the signatures have been coming quickly
La Crosse purchased the 160 acre tract of land near Hixon Forest nearly fifty years ago from the UW system.
U.S Senator Ron Johnson is commenting on a recent survey that showed, by a two thirds majority, public discontent with Congress is at record levels. He takes issue with the fact that congress has passed bills this year...the senate has not acted on them. And congress passed a budget this year....the senate hasn't. Johnson summed up the survey, which said we have a congress with a do nothing record, this way.
Two thirds of those surveyed said current members of Congress should be voted out of office next year.
Green Bay based Associated Banc Corporation announced that it plans to close down 20 Associated Bank branches in its three-state region of operation.....Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.